‘Homeless Jesus’ statue causes controversy in NC town

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DAVIDSON, N.C. -- A statue of a homeless Jesus Christ is sparking debate in Davidson.

Some say the statue sends the perfect message of reminding Christians what’s important. Others say the depiction of Jesus as a vagrant is sacrilegious.

The statue shows Jesus sleeping on a bench in front of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.

The crucifixion marks on the feet offer the only clue to the man’s identity. “Homeless Jesus,” is a statue by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz.

Cindy Castando Swannack called the police after thinking the statue was a homeless man.

"Jesus is not a vagrant, Jesus is not a helpless person who needs our help,” Swannack said.

St. Alban’s Rector David Buck said the statue is beautiful.

“It's Jesus representing the most marginalized of society,” he said.


  • blake

    Don’t we have bigger problems in this world rather than a bunch of idiots who believe in god worrying about a statue? Report the something new fox news.

  • "James" brother of "Jesus"

    The truth is Jesus was the one who walked among the Sinners – who ate and lived amongst the throng of those who were the weakest and in the need of compassion and faith! To have an individual claim to be a “Christian”who does not understand this or who can see a person in need as a unknown threat to her “community” Is indeed a person of little humanity and is only a “Christian” amongst her “own kind”!!!

  • Lee

    Jesus said about Himself in the bible, Matt 8:20, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.
    Don’t keep your God in a box. He’s much bigger than your fear and your preconceived notions of Who He is.

  • Chris Boyles

    Cindy, so what if he was a homeless man, He needed some place to sleep. And what better place for Him to sleep than in front of a church which symbolic of many sleeping American churches who have rejected Him when He stood at the door and knocked but He wasn’t allowed in. When you have done the least of these to my brethren (compassionate acts) then you have also done unto me. (Matt 24:40).

  • George Leonard

    I ageree wiht the quotations. It seems to me that Jesus and his disciples were essentially homeless, relying on the generosity of others for food and shelter. It concerns me that Ms. Swannack jumped to an assumption that the homeless are dangerous. From my experience and observation, they are meek and mostly wish to be left alone. Would she also object to a food pantry run by a local church? After all, those people are “desperate” for food. Forgive me for being judmental, but it seems that Ms. Swannack was more concerned with appearances and property values than with caring for the poorest and weakest among us. When I searched for “homeless Jesus”, the site also brought up a story of a bishop going undercover as homeless at his own church. Worth viewing.

  • Valerie

    Calling the police thinking it was a homeless person !! What favors were u doing him. Ppl should try and help, do u not see what the message left to u who called, u called the police on Jesus instead of seeing what u could do him !! Jesus is not a vagrant but has potraid himself as such to see who would help and who would turn him away and calling the police on him u have certainly turned him away

  • Scottie Boggs

    I don’t comment much but this “Christian Lady” is exactly the kind of person who needs to learn a lesson from this and take it to heart. Not call the police on a person trying to sleep. Shame on her…(I was thinking of some harsher words for her but this is a Christian story)

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